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October 24, 2020

“Do not neglect the gift that is in you.” 1 Timothy 4:14a

Yesterday after school, I stopped by Gunzo’s with Greta and Torsten to get some skates sharpened. While we were there, we just happened to see something that would be a perfect gift for Anders, whose birthday is next month. It was on sale, so we bought it. I’ve squirreled it away; hopefully I’ll remember where I put it!

It’s fun to be on the lookout for gifts. That’s what this little snippet from today verse from the Daily Texts is all about. But instead of looking for gifts in sporting goods stores, we are reminded to look within ourselves. Paul writes to Timothy to encourage his young friend in his ministry. There is work to do, but Timothy has been given what he needs. The gospel of Jesus has been given and received, gifted through the cross of Christ and sealed within by the power of the Holy Spirit.

I don’t know about you, but I often feel like I’m not up to this or that task. But you and I have been given the gift of Jesus. He really is all we need. Don’t squirrel it away for next month. Open the gift today. With Christ, do the work set before you.

Oh, and wear a mask, please.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

God, while we were far from you in our sin, you were on the lookout for us. You have gifted us immeasurably through the gospel of grace. Help us remember this gift within ourselves and within one another. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: Giving a gift (used with permission).

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